Alaska Airlines Giving $2.5 Million to Museum of Flight
Alaska Airlines is making a $2.5 million gift to the Museum of Flight to create the Alaska Airlines Aerospace Education Center. Funds will be used to renovate existing facilities, support and sustain educational programs, increase staff, expand outreach to underrepresented communities, and enhance financial assistance. The Alaska Airlines Aerospace Education Center, to be located in the Museum’s T.A. Wilson Great Gallery, will be a resource center where teachers, parents and students will be able to explore the many K-12 education programs offered at the museum.
Designed to create pathways to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers among young people, the Alaska Airlines Aerospace Education Center will feature state-of-the-art technology resources such as online career planning software, 3-D printers and flight simulators, as well as specially trained staff to serve as “education concierges” to help visitors register for programs, apply for financial assistance and discover mentorship opportunities. Construction on the Alaska Airlines Aerospace Education Center will begin in September, with completion expected in early 2015.